Young professionals (trainees)

Switzerland has concluded trainee exchange agreements with various countries in order to enable young professionals to extend their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland. Work permits can be granted for a maximum of 18 months:

Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA

To qualify as young professionals, nationals of these countries must have concluded vocational training or be in possession of a related degree. The agreement with Canada also admits students for working stays in connection with their education, whereas the agreement with Japan admits graduates only. Age limit: 35 years (exceptions: Australia, New Zealand and Russia: 30 years).

Admission to work in Switzerland is granted according to Art. 30 of the Foreign Nationals Act and Art. 42 of the Ordinance on Admission, Residence and Employment.

A traineeship is part of further education. Young professionals are required to work in the occupation that they have learned or in their study major. Part-time work or working as a self-employed person are not permitted. Young professionals must be paid in accordance with the rates that are customary for the location and the industry.

If you wish to do a professional training in our country, finding a trainee vacancy is essentially your responsibility. The application must be submitted to the competent authorities in your home country.

Please find below further information on the admission procedure as well as the official application form and a standard employment contract.

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